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  • Posted: Jan 24, 2022
    Deadline: Mar 17, 2022
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  • One Acre Fund is a nonprofit organization that supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty. Headquartered in Bungoma, Kenya, the organization works with farmers in rural villages throughout Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and recently Malawi. Using a market-based ap...
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    Nigeria Program Growth Lead/Specialist

    About One Acre Fund

    Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies 1 million smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. Our 8,000+ team is drawn from diverse backgrounds and professions. With operations across six core countries in Africa, we make farmers more prosperous by providing quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural training to improve harvests. On average, the farmers we serve harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund. 

    To learn more about our work, take a look at our Why Work Here blog for more information.

    About the Role

    We are looking for 2 people to drive our Impact Ventures Program in Nigeria.

    Program Growth Lead: You will lead strategy and lead the growth of the Impact Ventures Program in Nigeria. You will design, set up and manage trials/innovations that can scale and reach hundreds of thousands of farmers in Nigeria over the next few years. You will report to the Deputy Country Director.

    Program Growth Specialist: Support the lead in operation and execution of the program. You will own small scale trials and manage field managers. You will report to the Program Lead

    Responsibilities

    Design Trials and Expansion

    • Lead on the launching and execution of streams of innovations and trials
    • Manage field teams to achieve trial visions and goals
    • Contribution to high-level strategy development and detailed field execution
    • Work with other Global and Nigeria One Acre Fund teams
    • Build detailed trial project plans, including execution calendar
    • Develop trial budgets and building of sustainable financial models
    • Develop Management and KPI tools (e.g., Dashboards, training calendar, KPI trackers)
    • Design and conduct market research to improve product and service delivery to clients.

    Strategy

    • High-level trial design – Lead discussions on what questions to test through the trial, how to test it, and how the learning will improve longer term program design. Some essential components for discussion include marketing strategy, pricing, and distribution of the product/service.
    • Trial monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan and execution – work with the M&E team to design trials and data collection plans to evaluate impact at trial conclusion
    • Work with other departments and global research teams to build program solutions and innovations.
    • Communicate updates and results.

    Operations/Team Management:

    • Spend time with the field teams in the field talking to our potential smallholder farmer clients to understand real-time challenges.
    • Identify opportunities to improve operations and program performance, through weekly tracking of Measurements, and identifying / working on process improvements
    • Manage budgets and create forecasts for expansion and other program innovations.
    • Hire and develop teams to operationalize plans

    Career Growth and Development

    We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.

    Qualifications

    Across all roles, these are the general qualifications we look for. For this role specifically, you will have:

    • 3 -5 years years of relevant professional work experience, including leading teams or entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a new program, department or launching new projects)
    • University degree required in Business Administration, International Development, Agric Economics, or related fields.
    • Experience managing projects that involve scaling up.
    • Experience implementing strategies based on field data and programmatic evidence.
    • Fluency in English; knowledge of Hausa (and other Nigerian languages)

    Preferred Start Date

    Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, start dates can vary significantly by role. We are adapting rapidly to Covid-19 and most of our team is now working remotely. Given the changing environment, we will appreciate your flexibility in confirming a start date.

    Job Location

    Minna, Nigeria

    Benefits

    Health insurance, paid time off 

    Eligibility

    This role is only open to citizens or permanent residents of Nigeria

    Application Deadline

    17 March 2022

    One Acre Fund never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process. Official One Acre Fund emails will always arrive from an @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here (globalhotline@oneacrefund.org), but do not send applications or application materials to this email address.

    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism are deeply connected to our organization’s mission and purpose. One Acre Fund aspires to build a culture where all staff feel consistently valued, represented, and connected – so that our team can thrive as professionals, and achieve exceptional impact for the farmers we serve.

    We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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